Sunday, June 23, 2024

Gas Cylinder Leak Causes Fire in Katra Shop

A fire broke out in a shop near Saraswati Chowk in Katra today due to a gas cylinder leak. The incident occurred around noon, leading to significant damage.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud hissing sound moments before the fire erupted. Panic spread quickly as flames engulfed the shop. The shop owner, identified as Rajesh Sharma, managed to escape unhurt. However, the shop’s contents were completely destroyed.

Firefighters arrived promptly but struggled to control the blaze. The narrow lanes and dense commercial area hampered their efforts. After an hour-long battle, the fire was finally brought under control. The shop was left in ruins, with goods worth lakhs reduced to ashes.

Local authorities have launched an investigation. Initial reports suggest that a faulty gas cylinder caused the leak. Safety standards at the shop are also under scrutiny. Officials have sealed off the area to conduct a thorough examination.

Rajesh Sharma expressed his distress over the incident. “I noticed the smell of gas but couldn’t identify the source. Within minutes, the entire place was on fire,” he said. Neighbors voiced concerns about the frequent use of substandard gas cylinders in the area. They urged stricter regulations to prevent such mishaps.

The incident has disrupted daily activities around Saraswati Chowk. Several neighboring shops remained closed as a precaution. Authorities have assured residents of enhanced safety measures. They emphasized the importance of adhering to gas safety guidelines.

Katra’s municipal office has promised support to the affected shop owner. Local community members have also offered assistance. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by negligence in handling gas cylinders.

Further updates are expected as the investigation progresses. The community hopes for swift action to prevent future tragedies.

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